Edmonton Oilers rookie center Connor McDavid, the top pick of the 2015 NHL draft, said Sunday that he has been cleared for full contact and is eyeing a Feb. 2 return against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
McDavid, 19, has been sidelined since he broke his left clavicle in a Nov. 3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
"It [stinks], being out," McDavid told the Oilers website. "It feels like a long time. These last couple of weeks have been probably the longest. When you feel so good, you want to play, but I'm being patient with it. Hopefully the patience is rewarded at the end."
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McDavid will practice with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League during the NHL All-Star break but is not expected to see any game action.
"Management and I came together and agreed to go to Bakersfield for a few days and skate and keep practicing," McDavid said. "It's a long break between now and then, just going to skate and get ready for what hopefully is a return on [Feb. 2]."
In 13 games with Edmonton, McDavid had five goals and seven assists. He was named the NHL rookie of the month in October.
The Oilers currently occupy last place in the Pacific Division at 19-26-5.